The Dust Bowl, Part 1: The Great Plow Up
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The Dust Bowl, Part 1: The Great Plow Up

Tuesday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns surveys the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.

Part two, "Reaping the Whirlwind," airs on WGTE on Tuesday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m.

See vivid interviews with 26 survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage, that bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible perseverance.

The documentary is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us — a lesson we ignore at our peril.Survey the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in U.S. history: the catastrophic dust storms of the 1930s.

Pictured: A dark day in Ulysses, Kansas.
At right: An iconic photo, taken by Arthur Rothstein, of Art Coble and his sons, south of Boise City, Oklahoma, in April 1836.

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